piano lessons?

  • Students receive private, weekly lessons tailored to their own learning pace and musical interests

  • Flexible lesson structure for children through adults of all experiences allows students to pursue their own interests, including improvisation, composition, a variety of performance settings, and a myriad of musical styles

  • New and transferring students receive a free preliminary interview to determine if the studio environment is a good fit. Studio structure includes:

    • Students begin lessons at the keyboard lab, drilling specific music skills (notereading, rhythmic drills, etc.) at their own pace through apps and software

    • Students periodically record their favorite performances throughout the year, and receive mp3 files as a tangible reminder of their achievements

    • Students learn discipline and delayed gratification through long-term practice goals in the form of a large board game--learning is made FUN!

    • Many opportunities for rewards-based learning: youngsters visit the Treasure Box on completion of a music book, they receive a treat for researching and contributing a biographical fact for the Composer-of-the-Month, etc.

Michelle Mielke Bio:


A native of the Pacific Northwest, Michelle Mielke began playing for her church services and local weddings when she was in middle school. In high school she won festivals and competitions at the local, regional and state levels. Later she paid her college tuition by playing in restaurants on the weekends and as a rehearsal pianist for musical theatre productions on weeknights, as well as teaching her first piano students. Now a veteran teacher of over 25 years, Ms. Mielke has a B.S. from Eastern Oregon University where she studied with Dr. Matthew Cooper, and an M.A. from Washington State University (studies with Dr. Gerald Berthiaume). She was a faculty member at WSU School of Music until 2017, teaching piano pedagogy and coordinating the Piano Pedagogy Lab School. Mrs. Mielke is an active performer at her church and in the community, and in the Music Teachers National Association as an officer, adjudicator and presenter. She also enjoys hiking, working on various remodeling projects, and playing her accordion.

Hear Michelle Mielke and friends playing:

Max Bruch "Rumanische Melodie" - Michelle Mielke & friends
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© 2014 by Michelle Mielke

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