Rebekah Richards


Adjunct Instructor of the Piano Lab School in Music and Music - Keyboard

Teaching piano is my passion. For the past 30 years, I have taught piano students from age 3 to 75 in private lessons, at colleges, through class piano, in group situations, and at summer music camps. Sharing my expertise in piano pedagogy through this unique Piano Lab School program at Gustavus is a great joy. It is exciting to be a part of the training of the next generation of piano teachers. In my position as Director of the Piano Lab School I am able to work one-on-one with the college student teachers, helping them structure lesson plans, choose materials, pace lessons, and discover the joys and challenges of working with children. My goal is to train piano teachers to approach piano lessons with an organized and structured curriculum combined with creativity and joy. My educational background includes a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from St. Olaf College. While at the University of Illinois I studied piano pedagogy with James Lyke, Reid Alexander, and Tony Caramia. I have had the opportunity to study more piano pedagogy with leaders in the field through national conferences and workshops as well as independent research and grants. In addition to my position as Director of the Piano Lab School, I teach at Concordia University-St. Paul and run my own private piano studio in St. Peter and St. Paul where I teach children and teenagers of all levels and abilities. I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA and a licensed Musikgarten teacher.

Areas of Expertise

Piano, Piano Pedgogy, and Preschool Music

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-107 Music for Elementary Teachers 5 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
MUS-111 Music Theory I 3 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
MUS-222 Piano 3 2007/FA and 2006/FA