Rachel Bletstein, a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan has a passion for both playing and teaching piano. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Phillip Bush. While at USC, she was a graduate assistant, collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists. Additionally, she taught private piano lessons at the University of South Carolina through the Center for Piano Studies. In May 2018, she completed her dissertation, A Theoretical and Stylistic Analysis of Paul Ben-Haim’s Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 34 and Piano Sonata, Op. 49.She began her research after traveling to Israel in 2016, where she became very interested in Israeli and Middle Eastern music.
Dr. Bletstein received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University Music where she studied with Dr. Laura Melton. At Bowling Green State University, she was a teaching assistant in group piano working with undergraduate music majors.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Awadagin Pratt and Dr. Robert Ruckman.