Katie Chandler, NCTM is a Doctoral candidate in Piano Pedagogy and Performance with a doctoral minor in theory at the University of South Carolina, where she holds a graduate assistantship in Advanced Group Piano. She studies piano with Dr. Joseph Rackers, and Piano Pedagogy with Dr. Scott Price. Katie completed her M.M Degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina in 2015, and her B.A. in Music: Piano Concentration and a Music Theory Concentration from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. She 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 is an active member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, and the South Carolina Music Teachers Association. She is serving 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.