Title: Instructor of Piano
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA
Chris Emkey is a professional musician and piano teacher based in Central PA. His start in music came at age 9, stumbling through “Ode to Joy” by ear at home after hearing it played by the school band. After gigging his way through high school in local bars and restaurants, Chris attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he earned his degree in Piano Performance.
After graduating in 2016 Chris headed to Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent over 6 years performing and recording with dozens of bands and artists as well as teaching private piano lessons. During this time, he was able to work with some of the Music Industry’s best, including jazz keyboardist Karlton Taylor (Victor Wooten), blues guitarist Carl Stewart (BB King), rock guitarist Kris Bell (Bo Bice) and country drummer Vincent Dee (Brenda Lee).
As a teacher, Chris has a passion for using his diverse Music Industry experience to provide students with a learning environment that is equally creative, inspiring, and practical. His lessons focus on creativity, accessibility, and individuality while maintaining the importance of solid foundational skills in theory and technique. He believes strongly in taking a direction that inspires the student and plays to their strengths and interests…all while equipping them with the essential skills that will set them up for a lifetime of music making, no matter what role it will play for them.