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About Patti Ravilious

Patti Ravilious
Patti Ravilious
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Middletown, DE
Speaks: English
Instructs: Piano
Education: Yale Divinity School 1984-1987 Master of Divinity, 1987 University of Maryland, College Park 1967-1974 Master of Music, Piano Performance, 1974 Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, 1972 Bachelor of Science, Math Education, 1971
Performance Experience: I have played many solo recitals and have accompanied uncountable soloists.
Teaching Experience: From 1971 - 1975, I taught piano at several locations around the Washington, D. C. area including the Music & Arts Centers in Bowie, MD, and Seven Corners, VA. From 1974 - 1984, I was a piano instructor at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.
Teaching Philosophy: Learning to play the piano is similar to learning any skill that has a physical component. Steady progress depends on regular practice. Of course, no one enjoys learning unless motivated, so it's important to constantly discern the student's preferences, to match the assignments with the student's abilities so they don't get frustrated or bored, and finally, to incorporate enjoyable activities like a student's favorite music or duets.

Get to know Patti Ravilious

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. where I first fell in love with music while taking piano lessons from the founder of the Music & Arts Centers, Benjamin O'Brien. I went on to attend the University of Maryland in College Park where I earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance. At the University of Maryland, I studied with Nelita True and did some post-graduate study with Fernando Laires.

After college, I taught piano at several Music & Arts Centers in the D. C. area, and then, for nine years, I tuaght piano and piano pedagogy at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. There, I started a local chapter of the Music Teachers Association, which provided an annual opportunity for students to be gently evaluated for their progress and for teachers to learn better ways to teach.

Although I was perfectly happy as a piano instructor, my life took a different turn. I earned a master's degree from the Yale Divinity School and served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church until retiring in 2016.

Upon retirement, my husband Carl and I moved to Middletown. In retirement, I'm enjoying coming full circle back to my music roots, teaching piano again at Music & Arts Center.

Patti Ravilious teaches at:
4380 Summit Bridge Rd Suite 7
Middletown, DE 19709
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