2012-2013: Rhapsody Arts Center conducts its “Pennies for Pianos” fundraiser to purchase five new acoustic pianos. Rhapsody hopes to become the only “all acoustic” studio in the area, improving the quality of music instruction by replacing electronic instruments. Students and their families can bring pennies and other change to Rhapsody for the piano piggy bank, a decommissioned piano that has been painted and re-purposed by Rhapsody art students and faculty. The piano piggy bank makes cool musical sounds when you drop in a coin! All donations are warmly accepted.
“In her eighth year, our piano student has benefited from the gifted teaching of Chris, primarily, but also Mickey, Leo, and others who have since moved on. Rhapsody has a reputation for excellent teaching, and I think it's well deserved. The teaching styles available are as diverse as the needs of your many students. Our daughter has thrived under Chris's tutelage and his and others' rare ability to observe, over time, the needs of the student and adjust materials and methods according to needs and strengths, all the while working closely with us as parents. We want to thank Chris and the faculty at Rhapsody for this commitment to students. With the new space, as well as the competence and friendliness of those we see when we're there, it's a pleasure just to walk into Rhapsody.” -Sue Smith