"Motivation is what gets you going.
Habit is what keeps you going in life.
Get in the habit of practicing."

— Phyllis Chvostal

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A Visit to My Studio

My studio has a private entrance and is located on the ground level of my home. I have an acoustic Mason and Hamlin for lessons and a digital Clavinova available for practice, recording, and duo piano. I also have a waiting area and a study area available. The studio is conveniently located near North Allegheny High School. Lessons are available Monday –Thursday and Saturday. (Summer lessons are available on Monday and Tuesday.) Students must remain in the studio or on the porch while waiting for parents.

Clavinova Digital Piano

Mason and Hamlin
Mason and Hamlin Studio Upright

Teaching Philosophy

Anyone can play the piano. Some will learn faster, some will play better, but everyone can enjoy the music they create. My goal is to create a solid foundation consisting of strong reinforcement with opportunities for performance and studio incentives in a pleasant and warm environment.

Lesson Program

Teaching materials are presented in an orderly progression of ideas, using graded lesson books and sheet music. Students are given the opportunity to select their own music. Music is an important part of one’s complete education. A certificate of Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance is on file at studio.

The Chvostal Studio offers a well structured program with an experienced teacher, featuring opportunities for studio and public performances. Students may also participate in studio, state, and national evaluation programs. Competitions are available through teacher memberships. An Evaluation provides feed back to the parents regarding quality of instruction.


Oportunities for Students

Performance Opportunities

  • Students may participate in the October Borders Benefit Days for PPTA
  • Home recitals in celebration of American Music Month in November.
  • Formal Studio recital in December.
  • PPTA honors recitals during the year.

Evaluation Opportunities

  • National Federation of Music Clubs Festival held at Duquesne University in March
  • National Guild Auditions held in May at LaRoche College

Federation and Studio contests

Student Accomplishments

  • Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs: Numerous Gold cups for Festival participation in solo, duet, duo, hymn, and theory events. State winners in composition, art and poetry contests and an Aikens Cadman, 2nd place winner. The Studio has also received numerous awards from Federation for participation in American Music Month and Music Week programs.
  • Guild: Numerous 5 year National Award Winners and publication of pictures in the Guild magazine, several 10 year Paderewski medal awards, Guild Diploma Program featuring nine talented High School Students with superior and superior plus ratings.
  • Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association: Composing and performance competition winners, 2 Senior High School Music Scholarship Competition winners for continued study of music in college, Honors Recital, Master Class, and 2 Camp Scholarship winners.
  • WQED Teen Talent winner
  • PMTA Honors Recitals and Dorothy Sutton State Recitals
  • Students also serve as school accompanists and have participated in talent shows
New to Music Lessons

Credentials and Experience

Bachelor Science, Duquesne University; Associate Degree in Marketing, Community College of Allegheny County, Trinity College of London (Theory and Solo Performance), and over ten years of private study as an adult; I have over 35 years experience with all levels, ages and abilities of students, in group and private lessons. Over twenty five years serving as judge in composing, theory, and performance competitions I have presented workshop presentations on local, state, and national level that include theory, teaching, and the business of teaching.

Extended Workshops include Maier Workshops in Pittsburgh; Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminar with Susan Ogilvy and Joy Cardin, University of Kentucky and Duquesne University; Glover Workshop in Virginia; Rolland Workshop in Los Angeles California (by invitation); Pedagogy Conference in Chicago. Numerous one-day workshops in Pennsylvania include: Robert Vandall, Catherine Rollin, Melody Bober, Walter and Carol Noona, William Gillock, David Carr Glover, Roger Grove, John Schaum, Edna Mae Burnam, Martha Mier, Mark Nevin, Williard Palmer, Amanda Lethco, Marvin Blinkenstaff, Lynn Freeman Olson, Randall Faber, Elvina Pearce, Lili Krause, and Ylida Novak.

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