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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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