Piano Lessons

For beginners, the piano’s black and white layout promotes easy understanding of musical structure. Piano lessons are a great way to get involved in music.


OUR PIANO TEACHERS


Irina Shuvarikov

Piano

Irina combines a genuine passion for teaching students with extensive training and experience in the art of learning music.

Irina believes that learning and creating music positively impacts students not just in musicianship, but also in many of life’s challenges;  including “grit” and the ability to blend concrete and abstract expressive skills simultaneously.

Even though Irina’s training and experience establish her as an accomplished teacher, she purposefully explores and incorporates new resources and approaches that advance her craft just as her students advance theirs.

Irina has broad experience in contemporary, sacred, and classical genres as an accompanist and performer.

Want to schedule a lesson with Irina?

Education and Experience:

  • Whitworth University, B.A. in Music, Piano Pedagogy, Accounting, Spokane
  • Private Piano Teacher, 2007-Present, Spokane
  • Spokane Slavic Baptist Church, piano accompanist, 2005-Present

Rebecca Morgan

Piano, Beginning Ukulele, Voice

Rebecca’s caring and patient demeanor provides a non-threatening, fun environment where beginning students can build skills while exploring music.

Rebecca’s considerable experience as a private student herself coupled with a love for children enables her to guide students effectively in their progress.

Rebecca believes that the universal language of music is not only therapeutic as an outlet for creativity and focus, but that to “play” music is also fun! She likes to include games and props to reinforce instruction and is always on the lookout for exciting ways to augment learning. Rebecca brings previous teaching experience, band performance, and accompanist roles to her instruction.

Rebecca’s instruction embraces a wide range of musical styles with particular focus on traditional melodies and sacred songs geared towards young learners.

Want to schedule a lesson with Rebecca?

Experience:

  • Creative Music Learning Center; Instructor, piano, voice.
  • Musicfest Northwest; participant.
  • Central Valley High School: concert and marching band member.
  • Private Piano Instruction; 14 years.

Esther

Voice, Piano

Esther combines “over the top” positiveness with musical rigor to propel her students
toward their musical goals while attending to the needs of each learner.

esther headshot

With more than 35 years of experience singing, playing, and teaching, Esther gets to
know her students’ musicality, how they best learn, and how to teach themselves.
Esther is fluent in classical voice, theater performance, gospel singing and playing, and general pop standards.

Esther commits to the care and advancement of her students in pursuit of their goals with a uniquely personal, “people first” philosophy. Esther specializes first in voice then piano. She loves teaching students from the absolute beginner to the more advanced.

She believes in a foundation of classical technique allowing students to access any
musical genre while maintaining vocal health.

Education and Experience:

  • 35 years of performing experience as a soloist, featured musician, accompanist, ensemblemember and recording producer/artist.
  • Morning Star Baptist Church of Spokane, Director of Worship Arts.
  • Northwest Opera, founding member.
  • Spokane Symphony Chorale, member.
  • Holbrook Unified School District, Arizona, Piano studies pilot teacher.
  • Gonzaga University, B.A., Music Education, private study in voice, 10 years.

Johnny Ritchie

Piano, Voice,  Drums, Composition and theory, Music production

Johnny’s eclectic knowledge and experience of music, along with his friendly and nurturing demeanor, allows him to foster each student’s unique interest in music.

Trained in classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, RnB, and psychedelia, Johnny has 19+ years studying and playing piano, drums, and vocals.

Combining his extensive knowledge in music theory with years of live performance experience and a specialization in improvisation, Johnny uses an adaptive and personalized teaching approach for each student. He encourages his students to learn music and songs they are passionate about and enjoys seeing their excitement as they understand a difficult topic or play a challenging piece.

Johnny offers guidance in all genres as well as songwriting, improv, and music theory.

Experience:

  • Western Michigan University, B.S. in University Studies, Concentration in Music.
  • Peace Place, Montana, Music Teacher/Provider.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Great Falls, Praise Band Director; Music Assistant.
  • Private Piano/Drums Instruction; 2020 – Present.
  • Songwriting and recording experience.

Kat Campbell

Violin, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Viola, Cello, Bass, Voice

Kat’s experience as a music therapist and symphony performer complements her nurturing yet instructive approach as she guides students in exploration and achievement.

Specializing in violin and flute, Kat has well-rounded musical ability evidenced by a growing list of instruments she feels comfortable teaching. Kat has a passion for helping students achieve their goals, overcome their personal challenges, and discover their strengths.

Knowing what it takes to be a professional music performer, Kat strives to pass that on to students and seeks to empower them with the ability to create music that speaks to them personally and helps represent their true selves to the larger community.

Kat’s background is primarily in classical music, traditional music, and theater though she has a broad understanding of many genres of music. 

Education and Experience:

  • University of the Pacific, CA, BA, Music Therapy.
  • Local performer: “Ham on Regal” band member, “Shriners” band member, “Fraternal Order of Eagles” concert band director/member.
  • Livermore/Amador Symphony, CA, violinist.
  • Stockton Symphony, CA, violinist.
  • Oakland Youth Symphony, CA, violinist.

Janice Wrhel

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

Janice combines an infectiously positive demeanor with broad industry experience to work “in step” with students towards musical and personal advancement.

Janice Wrhel Voice, Piano and Guitar

With a background as a touring musician, educator, and recording artist; Janice leads her students on a journey of discovery and fun as they develop their personal musical character.  

From involvement with Paul Allen’s ” Experience Music Project” including a national tour for education and performance, musical curricula development and songwriting training, to studio recording artistry; Janice brings a wealth of insight to her instruction. Despite these accomplishments, Janice is “down to earth” approachable and always full of laughter. Though many of her vocal students pursue popular music, she begins with classical technique to protect and train the voice.

Janice’s musical tastes are diverse from Broadway to folk and everything in between. She gravitates towards rich and emotive vocal phrasing found in popular genres. 

Experience:

  • Moran United Methodist Church, Spokane, Contemporary Worship Leader.
  • Presently involved in freelance studio recording work, multiple locations.
  • South by Southwest, Grammy Week, New Orleans Jazz Festival; speaker and seminar presenter.
  • Experience Music Project/ Paul Allen (Museum of Pop Culture) “Electric Bus National Tour”, Seattle.