Piano Lessons at South Charlotte, Waxhaw, and Fort Mill Locations

Musicians In Motion is proud to offer studio piano lessons at our South Charlotte, Waxhaw, and Fort Mill locations as well as in-home.

We’re so glad you’re thinking of taking piano lessons at our studio!  The piano is the most universal instrument, and a fantastic choice for those that have not played an instrument before.  At Musicians In Motion, we pride ourselves in having experienced, patient teachers willing to work with students from young to old, beginner to advanced.  We will place you with the right teacher based on your needs and personality, and we even give you a free trial lesson, so there’s no risk in trying us out!

We offer traditional piano lessons where we teach students to read music from the beginning, but we also have a non-traditional method called Simply Music with is a playing-based method.  If you’ve ever struggled with reading musical notation, this is the method for you because you don’t have to read music to play!  It’s a great way to dive in and start playing great sounding songs from the first lesson.  Click here for more details on Simply Music Piano.  

For info on piano classes for children under 6, please click here.  Click here to learn more.

Not sure which method is for you?  Give us a call or fill out a contact form and we’ll help you out!

Meet a few of our Amazing Piano Teachers

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THOMAS SAUNDERS

Thomas S. has been playing the piano for over 15 years. He has taught numerous styles using different techniques and approaches for over 10 years. His writing/playing styles span from Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Pop, R&B, Classical to Latin. This artist is a self taught guitarist, composer and writer, who mainly works in Charlotte, NC. Thomas’s performance and compositional belt notches were derived from his appearances and performances playing with bands in NYC like The Albatross and Velvet Soul from 2000-2002. He has also played with soulful folkish bands like Eddie Kane and Melodic from 2010-2011. He was a regular on local TV shows in Charlotte such as The Modern Renaissance Man and The Johnny Millwater Show on Access 21 TV. He was also invited to play The Harvard Alumni Club in the summer of 2011. In his earlier years he played in various school plays from 2004-2005.  Thomas’s passion for the arts has proven to be a worthwhile adversary to his list of students over the years. His unique methods of reaching his audience no matter what culture or age range is a God Given gift. Those who have opened their hearts and minds have allowed themselves to experience a teacher who has dedicated his mind, body and soul to each individual person.

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TINA BOOTH

Tina Booth is a 2013 honor graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music; voice concentration. Her vocal performances range in genre from opera to musical theater to southern gospel. She currently sings with the Inspirational group, Melody of Faith.

When asked about her vocal teaching style, Tina says, “I don’t subscribe to one method of voice training. I do, however, believe we all have the ability to sing and our singing voices should sound like our speaking voices. It is my goal to identify unique qualities in my students’ voices and help them gain confidence in their singing.”

Tina has experience producing and arranging vocals for groups, including the Progressive Southern Gospel Group, The Promise®. One of the songs Tina co-produced, “Shout Before The Walls” was recognized by The Singing News Magazineas a DJ pick hit and has been on several Christian radio charts.

Tina has a special fondness for teaching beginner piano students.  “I love to see a student’s face light up when they play their first song and then again when they play it for someone else and they actually recognize the tune,” exclaimed Tina. For traditional piano lessons, Tina uses curriculum by Faber & Faber. She is a fully licensed Simply Music instructor.

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CHRISTY WILSON

Christy has been giving private music instruction for 15 years and has been with Musicians In Motion for the last 7. She teaches voice, piano, ukulele, alto saxophone, and flute.

Growing up, she began singing and taking piano lessons at a young age. She used her knowledge of piano to learn many instruments and explore many avenues of music, including vocal ensembles, show choir, concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, and church worship teams.

After high school, she pursued Christian ministry training. While attending Rhema School of Worship in Broken Arrow, OK, she began to teach music lessons and found her special niche of combining her love of kids and music. Christy now teaches music full time, providing private instruction, as well as directing children choirs, group classes, and general music education for a local private school and home school co-ops. She also freelances as a worship leader and keyboard player for area churches.

Christy’s teaching style is to combine solid basic skills with fun and creativity. Songwriting and performing are used to inspire students to use their knowledge and explore different aspects of music. She believes music lessons can serve an important role in developing many areas of mental and emotional well being in people’s lives. It is more than learning to perform a song, it is a journey of self-discovery.

JOANNA DENDROLIVANOS

Joanna is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has over 20 years experience teaching vocal techniques, song preparation, audition and performance skills and beginner’s piano. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Portland Maine Opera and in Athens, Greece and the Islands. She teaches and loves all genres of music including jazz, musical theatre, pop, classical and opera. She loves to teach any age and any skill level. She currently sings shows of jazz, musical theater and spiritual music at nursing homes through out the Charlotte area.

Micky Fukasawa

Micky took the first piano lesson when she was three years old when her mother found her playing nursery rhymes on a toy piano by herself. While her family moved frequently, her piano playing helped her with making friends and being settled in a new environment. As she grew, she developed her musical interest in singing choral music and operetta. Since then, she started studying voice seriously. Even after she received her degree on BA in English Linguistics in Tokyo and worked for a travel agency, she continued studying voice with numerous opera singers privately. Coming to the States, She decided to work toward a Fine Arts Degree in Music while she raised her two children.

As she began to teach piano and voice privately, she noticed how immensely making music relates to various sensory inputs physically and mentally. She wanted to learn how music can purposely influence people’s body and mind. Currently, she has been studying music therapy at Queens University of Charlotte.

She is excited to join the team and put into practice what she learned from the music therapy program. Besides having fun, she wants the lesson environment to be a safe and comfortable place for students to express their thoughts and emotions.

RACHEL MCNICHOLS

From a very young age, Rachel McNichols was instilled with a love for music. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and would continue lessons for 12 years straight, later adding cello, guitar, singing, and songwriting. 

She first discovered her love of teaching music by helping out her own music teachers and volunteering at camps over the summer. 

Classically trained, she graduated from Master Musicians School of Music and has been certified in the Mark O’Conner Method of teaching. She has taught students of all ages and has played in multiple orchestras, weddings, church events, and studio recordings. As well as participated in many recitals and scholarship competitions, receiving Superior performance four years in a row. 

Rachel is passionate about helping encourage each of her students to not only learn and appreciate all types of music, but also reach their goals and become the musician they hope to be. 

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JORDAN OWEN

Jordan Owen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. She grew up in Salisbury, NC where she started singing from a very early age. One of her first memories is singing the national anthem at a Kannapolis Intimidators game when she was only 4 years old. Jordan is a soprano and started taking voice lessons when she was 6 years old.

While she was at Appalachian, Jordan continued to grow in her musical ability, earning high placements in top ensembles. She is multi-talented and plays a variety of instruments from across the band including clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, and piano. She also has experience composing and arranging music for chamber ensembles.

In the past few years, Jordan has been responsible for running several performance ensembles. She was a conductor for the Appalachian State Clarinet choir and worked alongside the head director of bands as a teacher’s assistant for the conducting class. She also has extensive experience in marching band, having directed the Appalachian State Basketball Band and being the drum major of the Appalachian State Marching Mountaineers her senior year.

Jordan is experienced in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, opera, pop, and rock and has 16 years of vocal training and 12 years of instrumental training. She is passionate about helping her students strive for the highest in music and in life.

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CRYSTAL FRENCH

“We are each born with an urge to express ourselves. When I was 5, my mother chose the piano for me.  As I grew older, I began to understand that there were no shortcuts to obtaining the skills required for self-expression. Now, as a music educator my goal is to assist my students in learning the fundamentals needed to express their own voice.”

Crystal is a classically trained pianist and multi instrumentalist who studied under the instruction of Joyce Harwood and Alma Rae Tucciarone before majoring in music at Pfeiffer University with a concentration in piano and trombone.. She studied jazz trombone under the instruction of international trombonist and Fulbright Scholar, Tom Smith and piano underneath prolific composer and recording artist, Dr. David Palmer. 

For over 15 years, Crystal has taught students of all ages and levels of advancement. Her students are the recipients of numerous awards and regularly receive the highest ratings in competitions and festivals. Her teaching career began while in college when she taught her first piano lesson through a music program she developed at the Senior Center in her hometown of Albemarle, NC. Since then she has taught in numerous pre-k through 12th grade classrooms, developed multiple music programs, given back to the community by hosting perform-athons, conducted and developed curriculum for after school enrichment programs and directed summer music camps. Crystal was also recognized and received the Top Teacher of the Year Award two years in a row, presented by Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery-Charlotte in 2016 and 2017.

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