We are pleased to welcome Michael Richey to Davidson Academy as our new Piano Instructor. Mr. Richey is a Tennessee native who began piano lessons at the age of 9. For many years he could not pass by the family piano without playing, so his parents finally decided it was time to enroll him in lessons. Though he studied classical piano through the end of high school, it was not until his second year of college that he decided to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in the study of piano pedagogy. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in May 2018 from Belmont University where he studied with Dr. Kristian Klefstad. He also participated in the University Singers choir and the New Music Ensemble.
Students who study with Mr. Richey receive traditional training in piano technique, music theory, music history, musicianship, and performance. Beginning students receive instruction guided primarily by traditional elementary piano methods such as Faber Piano Adventures. As students progress to intermediate and advancing levels, they will be introduced to standard classical repertoire. This classical training approach gives students the versatility to perform all styles of music and is used as a benchmark for music studies at universities.
Mr. Richey is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association (NAMTA), which offer students opportunities to perform, collaborate, and compete locally and nationally. His overall hope, however, is to inspire young artists to become leaders with integrity, passion, and resilience.
Lessons are offered through the Davidson Academy Extended Care program. For more information, contact Beverly Willis at (615) 860-5300.