Group piano class is for piano students, ages 5-6, as a bridge to private piano lessons. Weekly 60-minute classes introduce keyboard skills in a fun group atmosphere. Group piano classes allow for concentrated study of note reading, rhythm, music symbols, sight reading, and listening. While similar to individual private piano lessons, students have added benefit of having fun with friends while learning.
Mila Elkin has been a piano teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since July, 2003. She has a BA from Russian University and over 30 years teaching experience. Mrs. Elkin is comfortable teaching young children through adults. When in Russia, she managed the piano department of a Russian music school, specializing in elementary-aged children. She has also been a trainer of piano teachers. Mrs. Elkin moved with her family to the United States in 1995. She is an energetic and upbeat teacher!
Kay Ellen Wilkins (Co-Owner of the Rochester Conservatory) has been teaching piano at the Conservatory since 1988. She has been teaching piano professionally since 1984. Mrs. Wilkins has a BA in Music, Piano Major, from Oakland University. Mrs. Wilkins is also a certified early-childhood Musikgarten instructor and has been repeatedly recognized for the exemplary Musikgarten program at the Conservatory, one of only 50 programs to receive this National Honor. She has also worked as a Church Organist and Pianist and Children’s Choir Director, including 12 years at St. Irenaeus Parish in Rochester Hills, MI. Mrs. Wilkins has performed with numerous local Symphony Orchestras, including the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony and the Warren Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Wilkins has performed with the Detroit Festival Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Twice Mrs. Wilkins has gone on a choir performance tour to Italy, helping conduct the choir at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. John Lateran in Rome, the Sorrento Cathedral, and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. Mrs. Wilkins is also in charge of the Michigan Music Festival, which involves over 100 private music teachers and 1000’s of students each year. In addition to managing the day-to-day activity at the Rochester Conservatory, Mrs. Wilkins really enjoys her roll as piano instructor. She is happy to be in the studio with her students, and you know she is in the building because of her bubbly personality and infectious laugh!