Piano lessons are available in 30, 45, or 60 minute weekly lessons. Program also includes two 60 minute group classes per month: music theory fundamentals and performance workshops. Plus one formal recital per semester.
Clifford Wilkins (Co-Owner of the Rochester Conservatory) has been teaching piano at the Conservatory since 1989. He has been teaching piano professionally since 1977. Mr. Wilkins has a BA in Music, Piano Major, from Oakland University and Post-Baccalaureate studies with Misha Kotler, pianist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Bossart, head of the accompaniment department at University of Michigan and Professor Emeritus of Chamber Music at University of Michigan. Mr. Wilkins began his music career at the age of 10 as a Church Organist at Sacred Heart Church in Roseville, MI. He has continued as a Church Organist and is currently Director of Music at St. Irenaeus Parish in Rochester Hills, a position he has held since 1982. Mr. Wilkins taught Music Theory at University of Michigan-Flint and served as the staff accompanist there. He has also pursued an active career as a chamber music musician, performing all over the Metropolitan Detroit area, including Orchestra Hall, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library, Brunch with Bach, Evenings with Mozart, plus hundreds of other concerts. Mr. Wilkins has performed with the Detroit Festival Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York. Twice Mr. Wilkins has taken his choir on a performance tour to Italy, conducting the choir and performing on the organ at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. John Lateran in Rome, the Sorrento Cathedral, and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. Mr. Wilkins has always enjoyed teaching piano and is a Master Teacher. He sees the potential of each of his students and encourages them to reach higher than they thought possible.
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!
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!
Rachel Kind has been a piano and vocal teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since June, 2013. She has a BM in Choral/Music Ed from Oakland University. She has been teaching professionally since 2009. Ms. Kind also has an active career as a church musician and choir director. Her absolute, number one passion in life is teaching music. She has terrific organizational skills which she uses to form each lesson around a student’s strengths and areas that need improvement. Her lessons are always student-centered. She is a kind (just as her name states) and gentle instructor.
Lyudmila Lebedintseva has been a piano teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since September, 2001. She has a BA from Russian University in piano and music theory. Before moving to the United States in 1995, she taught for 18 years in Music College in Russia, where she was also the accompanist for the Vocal Department. Mrs. Lebedintseva also taught piano at the Southfield Center for the Arts from 1998-2003. Mrs. Lebedintseva has a tremendous heart and cares about each of her students beyond their lessons, always asking about their current activities. She believes in educating her students thoroughly, helping them understand music theory and to have fun playing the piano. She is comfortable with all ages and levels of students and enjoys teaching Classical, Jazz and Pop music.
Tatyana Richmond has been a piano teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since February, 2002. She has a BA and MM in Piano and Organ from Russian University. She taught theory, harmony, and piano at Russian Music College for 22 years. She was the Concert Master (accompanist) of the Ballet and Orchestra. Mrs. Richmond was also a Pedagogical College teacher of music and a student advisor. She was also Concert Master and Soloist for Opera House in Russia. Mrs. Richmond is currently a Church Organist. She has an amazing grasp of piano technique and can very quickly identify a student’s weakness and help them improve. She prepares her students to extremely high levels of performance, and also helps them to understand musical styles, forms and ideas. She enjoys Classical and Jazz music the best.
Won Shin has been a teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since June, 2008. She has a BM in Piano Performance from University of Michigan and a MM from Oakland University. Ms. Shin has been teaching professionally since 1997 and is comfortable with ages 4 to adult. She is fluent in Classical, Pop, Jazz, and Gospel music styles. She has also been a Church Pianist since 2004 and has performed locally with the Pontiac Symphony. She strives to teach her students music that they will enjoy for the rest of their lives. Ms. Shin is a very flexible teacher and is able to adapt the lessons to obtain the greatest benefit for her students.
Ania Sorokhtei has been a piano teacher at the Rochester Conservatory since March, 2001. She has a MM in Piano Performance from Ukrainian State Conservatory. She has been teaching professionally since 1995. She has performed numerous times with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Madonna University, and many, many local recitals. Ms. Sorokhtei has a warm and nurturing style of teaching and is very engaging and comfortable with students of all ages and abilities. She is a very dedicated and hard working piano instructor and much loved by her students.