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Adrienne Fero McKinney, MMus

Lexington KY | 40502

About me

I have been teaching piano since 1990 (full-time since 2002). My parents are both musicians, and so I grew up surrounded by music. I studied piano in college and graduate school, earning degrees in both music education and piano performance.

I have done a fair amount of collaborative piano, mostly specializing in music for horn and piano. I have also played with local choral groups and as a substitute pianist for South Arkansas Symphony on two occasions. Now that I have two young children at home, there is not much time for performing, but I hope to get back to it when they are older. For now my career is focused solely on teaching piano.

I am inspired by the enthusiasm of my students. I strive to make my lessons full of music-making, in an encouraging and cheerful atmosphere. I also have high expectations for each student, and work to help them achieve their goals.

My studio's mission is to help each student develop a lifelong love of music through playing the piano. It is my priority to make sure students are given the tools they need to become independent learners and reach their potential as musicians.

Lesson details

My lesson curriculum includes repertoire, ear-training, sight-playing, technique, music theory, improvisation, performance practices, and composition. Lessons are tailored to the student's individual learning pace and interests.

I use the American College of Musicians Guild Syllabus as an annual curriculum guide, and all students are expected to participate in yearly Guild Auditions.
I work with each student to select appropriate core instructional materials. Supplementary materials are used as needed to help students develop fully as pianists and musicians. These will include sheet music in various musical styles, pieces composed or arranged by the instructor, customized technical exercises as well as standard technique books, ear-training exercises, theory worksheets and music education software.

The six days between lessons are integral to the student's progress, so a portion of each lesson is also devoted to teaching the student how to practice. Students who learn good practice techniques and habits have a much better chance of becoming independent learners.

Education and Accreditation

M.Mus. Performance (piano), Miami University, Oxford, OH (1996)

B.S.ed. K-12 Instrumental Music, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO (1993)

Piano instructors include Peggy Ann Edwards, Robert Jay Thomas

Professional Affiliations:

Music Teachers National Association

Kentucky Music Teachers Association

Bluegrass Area Music Teachers Association (President)

Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition Committee Co-Chair

National Federation of Music Clubs

National Guild of Piano Teachers (Lexington Chairperson)

Lexington Musical Arts Society Sonatina Competition Chair



more than 20 years


$40 - $49


Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio



Instruments and Subjects


Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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