West Chester, Pennsylvania | United States

Jean Kountz

Playing the piano has been a part of my life since preschool, when my older sisters taught me some simple duets by ear. I’ve found that Piano Safari is likewise a wonderful and natural way to learn piano. West Chester University awarded me their Certificate in Piano Pedagogy in 2017, and I have completed twelve years of private lessons. I am also a Suzuki Piano Instructor and serve as the Past-President of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association.

My format is weekly individual lessons and five group lessons during the school year. My group lessons begin with students sharing a polished piece, to develop their performance skills in a comfortable setting. Group lessons also may include drums and percussion, rhythm, ear training and ensemble play. We also work on transposing and reading, sometimes using games to practice their developing skills. My students take part in Master Classes, Festivals, Concerts and Graduation with local music organizations, as well as a summer Composing Camp where I am an instructor. I host occasional Master Classes in my studio, and a Studio Concert in the spring.

As the mother of two musical children, I appreciate that music also builds math, organizational, and social skills. Teaching piano is my second career; I was a public health dentist for twenty-two years, including organizing school dental health programs. I occasionally perform in local venues and accompany high school musicians. My favorite music includes classical, rhythm and blues, and Latin styles.

Suzuki Association of the Americas
Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association
Music Teachers National Association
Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association
Main Line Music Teachers Association