Meghan Pettey has been in love with music all her life. At the age of 9, she began taking piano lessons from Jaime Varner, and couldn’t contain her excitement at being able to actually play and perform the pieces she had been listening to and falling in love with. She continued with piano for the duration of her childhood and adolescence, also balancing being a dancer and earning her IB diploma. Now a student at the University of Utah, she is as passionate as ever about sharing her love of music with like-minded individuals, and not only teaching her students, but learning from them as well.
Although loving music is the most important part of progressing, Meghan was very recently a student herself, and understands how much work it takes to learn and prepare a piece for performance, especially when working on other extracurricular and academic pursuits. She has performed many times, including at her own senior recital. She is excited to share all the techniques she has acquired that will not only help her students to improve technically, but will allow them play in a dynamic manner to really bring their music to life. She wants to create a positive atmosphere that will allow students to reach their performance goals at whatever pace and through whatever means they are most comfortable with.
Meghan also specializes in ear training; learning to play and arrange songs for piano just by hearing them. This is a skill that she has developed on her own, treating her favorite rock music, movie soundtracks, and anything without sheet music like a problem for her to solve. This has immensely expanded her access to new repertoire, from any genre, artist or composer, and she would love to share and teach this skill to all who are interested.