The Piano Players Difference
After decades of teaching, lecturing, and adjudicating piano students from all walks of life and around the world, we've pinpointed some of the greatest challenges that students and their families most often encounter, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a piano lesson program that not only addresses solutions, but will truly redefine the way your student experiences learning to play the piano.
Proper Practicing Without the Struggle
One of the greatest barriers to student success is their practice routine, or more specifically, the lack thereof. Many students struggle with practicing at home. Most often, this struggle begins because the student is not advanced enough to understand how to practice independently and/or their parents are uncertain how to best help them. This can quickly lead to frustration and a loss of interest.
Piano Players Solution
At Piano Players, group lesson students have the opportunity to attend up to three 40 minute classes per week, while our private students receive specialized, goal-oriented practicing guides! This provides a significantly more immersive experience and allows for stability and consistency, as students are exposed to proper practicing techniques throughout the week. Frustration can be replaced with fascination and creativity. Our students develop a healthy practicing routine right from the start, and the results speak for themselves.
An Engaging Learning Environment
Access to a properly tuned and weighted instrument can be difficult to obtain, especially for a beginner student, yet it is essential for achieving a fundamental understanding of pitch and proper technique. Traditional approaches to piano study may not take into consideration modern tools for technologically advanced learning and often isolate students from the research-based benefits of a peer enriched environment.
Piano Players Solution
Students at Piano Players take their lessons in a state-of-the-art Yamaha digital piano lab, ensuring access to reliable tuning and the opportunity to learn on a properly weighted instrument. Many of our students choose to take their lessons in a small group format where they are constantly being both challenged and encouraged by their peers in a safe environment which also provides opportunities to both make and strengthen friendships and further develop social skills. Our private students are surrounded with opportunities for positive interaction and feedback from fellow students.
A Holistic Approach to Musicianship
Popular piano method books on the market today often fall short in developing a well-rounded musician. Growth is often stagnant in one area because of a lack of understanding in another area. Often, these methods neglect basic music theory and fail to include vital ear training skills needed to progress consistently. This factor often contributes to a much slower pace of learning and more restrictive growth over time.
Piano Players Solution
Piano Players is proud to use the Celebration Series, an internationally renowned and acclaimed publication of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Our students work through graded levels which include ear training, theory, and sight reading. In addition to this program, our lab is equipped with the latest in 21st-century technology, utilizing specialized applications to enhance and accelerate learning. We offer many unique performance and competition opportunities throughout the year which help to build confidence and artistry.
Monthly Tuition. No registration fees.
Simple 30-day cancellation policy.
Recitals and access to supplemental apps included in all of our programs.
Premier Group Program
Three 40-minute small group sessions per week.
Approximately 134 lessons per year.
Piano Explorer Program
One to Two 40-minute small group sessions per week.
Approximately 46 lessons per year for Explorer. 92 for ExplorerPlus.
$99/month for once a week or $119/month for twice a week.
Private Lesson Program
Private sessions tailored to student's individual needs, with a minimum of one 30-minute session per week.
Approximately 46 lessons per year.
$139/month for a weekly 30-minute lesson.
Now Enrolling at Our Location in Mason, Ohio
Secure your spot today! Piano Players is conveniently located on Mason-Montgomery Road, within one mile of I-71 and a few miles of I-75. Our address is 8479 Mason Montgomery Road, Suite 1. Mason, OH 45040
Who We Are
Piano Players is directed by Rodrigo and Shannon Vasconcelos.
Rodrigo is a licensed Music Educator, an Examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, and an RCM Advanced Piano Specialist who holds a Master's Degree in Music. He began performing with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra as a young adult and has been awarded various medals and honors throughout his international performance career. Rodrigo has over 20 years of teaching experience and enjoys presenting lectures about pedagogy and student learning strategies at State and National teachers conferences.
Shannon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music and is a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor. She has performed with various groups throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Shannon has been teaching both voice and piano to children and youth for nearly two decades and is dedicated to furthering research concerning the connections between music education and its influence on the success of children in other academic areas.
Rodrigo and Shannon have been married for over 16 years and are currently raising their two children, John and Savannah, in the Cincinnati area.
David Michel has been an integral member of the Piano Players faculty since 2020 and enjoys preparing students for success through piano instruction in both our group and private lesson settings. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Piano.
David's patient approach to learning and the differentiated support he offers to each individual student makes him highly relatable and a true asset to our studio. He enjoys seeing his students succeed and develop a love for music and believes anyone with the discipline and proper guidance will thrive in their piano journey.
In addition to teaching piano, Mr. Michel maintains an active career as a performing artist and a rising composer. You may find his music on your favorite streaming service, or perhaps catch him on stage in a live show locally at Kings Island.
Lana Krayterman is an active piano teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, having taught and performed locally in the Tri-state area as well as in Russia and Europe. She has received various prizes and scholarships, including the International Piano Competition in Warsaw, International Chamber Music Competition in Prague, and European Summer Academy in Salzburg.
She loves to teach and impart her knowledge of music to all of her students. Her warm and patient teaching approach is particularly suitable for beginners, but her exceptional performance background and artistry give her the ability to confidently teach and prepare students at the most advanced levels.
Mrs. Krayterman obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Oregon and graduated with honors from the Belarusian State Conservatory and the Gnessin State Musical College (Moscow, Russia). She proudly represents the Russian piano teaching tradition that lays down the foundations for a relaxed way of playing, which gives confidence and technical security, while enabling one to produce a beautiful "singing" tone on the piano.
Besides teaching piano at Piano Players, Mrs. Krayterman also teaches classes at the University of Cincinnati.
Anna Greco is a soprano from Hamilton, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Miami University of Ohio in 2022. Recent accolades include semi-finalist in the Camille Coloratura Competition, third place in the Great Lakes Region for NATS, fourth place in Ohio NATS, Outstanding Performer from Miami University, and a scholarship from the Three Arts Foundation. While at Miami University, she was a soloist with the Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers. In February 2020, Anna made her operatic debut as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, a production that won an award from the National Opera Association for Best Collegiate Production. Some of her other roles at Miami University include Signora Naccarelli (The Light in the Piazza), a Field Mouse (The Wind in the Willows), and a Hippie Fairy (Hydrogen Jukebox).
Ms. Greco's expert, passionate, and friendly approach to voice and piano teaching is among the reasons students of all ages and levels love being a part of her studio!
513-773-6357 | PianoPlayers@outlook.com
8479 Mason-Montgomery Rd., Unit 1. Mason, OH 45040