Dr. Katie Chandler, NCTM holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance with a doctoral minor in music theory, and a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. In addition to teaching at Freeway she is also a Lecturer of Applied and Group Piano at Clemson University, and an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina Sumter. Additionally, Katie is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (N.C.T.M.) This teaching credential is earned through the Music Teachers National Association, and indicates high teaching standards and professionalism in the field.
Katie has experience teaching private students of all ages from 4 years old through older adults, as well as group classes for adults and college students. She is passionate about helping students experience the joy of music through piano. She believes that everyone is capable of music making regardless of age, physical ability and aptitude, and that the curriculum should be crafted to the needs and learning styles of each individual student. Katie has experience teaching a wide variety of styles and genres including classical, pop, rock, sacred, and more, and will craft the lessons to each students musical tastes. She hopes to help her students discover the joy of music so that they can become lifelong learners and music makers.
Katie has experience performing both solo and accompaniment works in a variety of settings. She is passionate about sharing the joy of music with the community, and her goal is to impart this love of music and serving to her students. She offers several community outreach experiences for her students each year in addition to solo performances, and she believes that service should be fun for those performing and those listening!
Katie is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, and the South Carolina Music Teachers Association(SCMTA) and she serves as a member of the board for SCMTA. She has served as the Symposium Committee chair for the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium during the 2017-2019 term, and was the Conference Organizer for the 2016 MTNA National Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium when it was hosted by the University of South Carolina. She has presented research at multiple MTNA National Conferences, the South Carolina Music Teachers state conference, and the MTNA National Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium. She studied piano with Dr. Joseph Rackers, and Piano Pedagogy with Dr. Scott Price and Dr. Sara Ernst.