Experience & Training:
My name is Stacey McDonald and I am an independent piano teacher in Philadelphia, PA.
I have more than 10 years of teaching experience and currently run a thriving piano studio out of my home in the West Philly/University City area. In the past, I taught piano at the Tatnall School (Wilmington, DE) and ran private studios in both Pittsburgh & Chicago, while attending school.
As a teacher, I have a particular strength for teaching children. I enjoy working with young students and beginners, and strive to make our time together engaging and inspirational while also helping students get started on the path to successful and lifelong musical learning.
I am a graduate of Northwestern University (MM Oboe Performance) and Baldwin-Wallace College (BM Oboe Performance). Having focused primarily on oboe, I have studied under professional orchestra members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphonies.
As a teacher, I take my responsibility quite seriously and therefore participate in piano classes & conferences on a regular basis. I am currently working towards my Teacher’s Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music. During the school year, I attend regular Saturday classes at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) to gain new insights on current teaching & pedagogical techniques. I've also had the pleasure of attending Goshen College’s Piano Workshop (Goshen, IN), among other pedagogy workshops. In addition, I take occasional piano lessons, myself, in order to broaden my perspective and continue improving my own skills.
I spent my childhood years in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Philadelphia after finishing graduate school and getting married. I live in West Philly with my husband Christopher (also a pianist), our daughter Cecily, and our shy kitty Sneaker. Besides music, I enjoy photography, design, home improvement projects, reading lots of books, coffee and admiring other people's artwork.