Helena Reid began playing the piano at the age of 6, and was a music scholar throughout her entire school and college life. She competed in local and national competitions from a young age and studied music composition and performance at the University of Kent in England. Upon moving to America in 2005, Helena has taught the piano for the past 12 years and regularly prepares students for Bak and Dreyfoos School of the Arts auditions. Her students range from beginner (age 6) to advanced levels, both children and adults, and although classically trained, Helena enjoys teaching all different styles and genres of music.
Jessica Samuel grew up in a family similar to the Von Trapp Family in The Sound of Music! Her father starting teaching her to recognize piano keys and their corresponding notes at the age of three. She and her four brothers and sisters have studied music at Chafin Music for more than 7 years – four on piano and two on guitar! Jessica tutored her brother and sister on piano. With her help and their formal lessons, they were both accepted to study music at BAK Middle School of the Arts. Jessica then made the decision to become a piano instructor and started to apprentice under Doug Howard, former piano instructor at Chafin Music. Jessica enjoys classical music but really has a love for jazz as it reminds her of the gospel music that she grew up with.
Bob Tatro brings many years of experience as a piano teacher. He attended Berklee School of Music and studied privately with John Meheghan, jazz musician and educator. Bob has experience composing radio and TV commercials, including writing a TV theme. Bob’s knowledge allows him to teach any student from beginners to advanced, teaching all the fundamentals and he always makes it enjoyable.
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I am a former student of Bob Tatro’s. I’ve always felt very fortunate to have him in my life as I was just starting out my musical career playing piano. Bob always made sure we had some fun along the way. There was the tedious work of learning scales, doing exercises, etc but he would always added in something fun like a blues, jazz, rock chord, bassline or riff! To me it felt like a reward for doing the hard work and it helped me remain interested and inspired. His guidance in music theory, ear training and improvisation proved to be an invaluable asset to me then and now. Since then I have become a professional musician and a member of national acts Molly Hatchet, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, The Dickey Betts Band and other top notch acts including my own. If you are interested in learning to play or wish to expand your piano, organ or keyboard abilities I can’t think of a better person to help you on your musical journey. I highly recommend Bob Tatro!