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About Jana Merkel

Jana Merkel
Jana Merkel
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Columbia, SC
Speaks: English
Instructs: Piano
Education: Bachelors of Music in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University
Performance Experience: Accompanied and performed with the Wind Symphony at my college. Accompanied for Composition recital at my college. Performed a senior recital with a chamber ensemble, four hands one piano, and solo piano.
Teaching Experience: I have taught for a little over two years. In those two years, I taught at my school for the Pedagogy program there, and I worked at a studio in the area for one year. I have taught group piano classes such as music discovery classes and a piano class at the college level in my college. I have worked with a range of ages and students with special needs.
Teaching Philosophy: My goal is that my students are fully trained in technique, scales, musicality, aural skills, and music theory. I want them to be well rounded pianists, but also not be afraid to be themselves and enjoy piano lessons. I want them to be comfortable to make mistakes as long as they are learning in the mean time. This is why I structure my lessons around each student.

Get to know Jana Merkel

    I have taken piano lessons for 18 years, and I have dabbled in a bit of every style

of music. The reason for this was so that I could decide for myself which style I

wanted to continue in. I believe my students should also be given the opportunity

to figure out what style they enjoy playing.  

    I attended Cedarville University and recieved a BM in Keyboard Pedagogy. I had 

four or five teachers in my time there. This helped show me a ton of different ways

to go about teaching. The teachers I had were Dr. Ryan Behan, Professor Danielle 

Hutchison, Professor Conie Anderson who was also the head of my pedagogy 

program, and Dr John Mortensen. I have performed quite a few times during my time

at college most of the time it was accompanying. However, I did do a senior recital for

my degree that included a chamber ensemble, four hands one piano, and solo piano. 

    I have taught for a little over two years between a studio near my school and at my 

school. I have taught all ages and needs. My passion is for those with special needs. 

Jana Merkel teaches at:
4611 Hard Scrabble Rd Suite 112
Columbia, SC 29229
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