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Piano Teacher Workshop Featuring Carolyn Miller

Andy’s Music is hosting a Willis Music Piano Teacher Workshop with Carolyn Miller on Friday, July 22, beginning at 9:30 AM.

The workshop is titled “Beating The Practice-Time Blues”, and Mrs. Miller will show you how to encourage good practice habits with great music, which in turn makes lesson times more productive. Refreshments will be served and each participant will receive special discounts on select Wills music along with a packet of free lesson material.


Willis Music clinician Carolyn Miller

Carolyn’s music teaches essential technical skills, is remarkably fun to play, and appeals to both children and adults.  Many of her compositions appear on contest lists, including the NFMC Festivals Bulletin.  Well-known television personality Regis Philbin performed her pieces “Rolling River” and “Fireflies” in 1992 and 1993 on national television.

Carolyn Miller graduated with honors from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned a Master’s Degree from Xavier University. She was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda.  She has taught piano to students of all ages for many years, both privately and in classroom settings.  Carolyn regularly presents workshops throughout the United States and is often asked to adjudicate.  She has conducted at ensemble concerts, piano camps and festivals, and has been commissioned to compose music for these special events.

In her church, Carolyn directs a large choir and plays the piano for special services.  She enjoys spending time with her family and especially her seven grandchildren, for whom she has composed seven solos.

Carolyn is listed in the Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women.


  • When: Friday, July 22, 2016; Registration begins at 9:00 AM
  • Where: Andy’s Music, 1412 Hillcrest Rd. Mobile, AL 36695
  • Contact: Michael McClelland
  • Phone: 251-633-8944
  • Email: [email protected]
  • RSVP Today! Seating and Availability are limited.

Alfred Piano Teachers Workshop 2015

Andys' Music Piano Teacher Workshop

Nancy Bachus

Andy’s Music is hosting an Alfred Piano Teachers Workshop with Nancy Bachus on Friday, August 21, beginning at 9:00 AM.

A teacher, recitalist, and music historian, Nancy Bachus has been a featured clinician at numerous piano teacher organizations and music conventions. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Nancy studied with pianist Eugene List and accompanist Brooks Smith, and more recently she coached with Fernando Laires.

Nancy was one of the performers in the original “Monster Concerts” in New York City (Lincoln Center, Radio City and Carnegie Hall), the White House and on the two “Monster Concert” recordings.

Nancy is Associate Editor for Repertoire and Performance for Clavier Companion magazine. Her articles have been published in Clavier and Keyboard Companion (now Clavier Companion), and her series of 18 articles appeared in the “Athletes at the Keyboard” column for Junior Keynotes, the magazine of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

In 1990 she co-authored The Technic Companion, a book for beginning pianists. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Baroque Spirit, The Classical Spirit, The Romantic Spirit, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit piano anthologies, the Exploring Piano Classics seires, and co-authored Great Music & Musicians, an outline of music history.

Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, Nancy has taught at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan and has 27 years of teaching experience at the college and university levels. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society and was editor of its newsletter for many years. Currently Nancy is on the faculty at Cleveland State University and maintains a private piano studio in Hudson, Ohio. She is married and has two daughters.



WHEN: Friday, August 21, 2015; registration begins at 8:30 am

WHERE: Andys’ Music Inc., 1412 Hillcrest Rd. Mobile, AL 36695

CONTACT: Michael McClelland

PHONE: 251-633-8944

EMAIL: [email protected]





Composers & Cake

Dr. Jerry Alan Bush, retired Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama, will present a free informal recital Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 PM in the Andy’s Music Recital Hall.

Please join us for Composers & Cake and listen to Dr. Bush perform and discuss pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Granados and Mussorgsky. Sweets will be available after the performance for your enjoyment.

For more information, please call 251-633-8944.


Piano Workshop Featuring Tom Gerou

Tom Gerou

Tom Gerou

On Thursday, July 28 beginning at 9:00 AM, Andy’s Music is sponsoring an Alfred Piano Teacher Workshop featuring composer and arranger Tom Gerou.

Mr. Gerou composes in a variety of genres including masterworks, original supplemental music, pop and methods. The combination of his production and composition experience allows Tom to showcase the diversity of materials available from his publisher, Alfred Music. He will discuss new materials and techniques to help revitalize your piano studio.

After studying music in his native North Dakota, Tom graduated with honors from the University of  Southern California, where he received a music degree in composition. He continued his education as a Charles Ditson Scholar at Yale University, receiving his masters of music degree in composition.

He is one of the primary arrangers in 27 books for Alfred’s Basic Piano Library’s Top Hits, Greatest Hits and Patriotic Solos series. As a composer, Tom is perhaps best known to piano teachers for his solos Northern Lights and Whiskers and Fins, which were chosen for the 2001-2003 National Federation of Music Club’s Junior Festival Bulletin.

For more information on this Alfred Piano Workshop, call Mike McClelland at 251-633-8944, or email [email protected]

Yamaha Drum Clinic Presented by Peter Erskine – 1983!

Andy's Music

The Wayback Machine takes us back to April, 1983. A time when there was no internet, Facebook, or Twitter. Not even cable TV! Wow, the stone age.

Take a look at these vintage photos (black & white, color hadn’t been invented yet),  of a Yamaha Drum Clinic at Andy’s Music with clinician Peter Erskine.

Alfred Piano Teacher Workshop

Andy’s Music recently hosted an Alfred Piano Teacher Workshop, featuring Gayle Kowalchyk.

Gayle Kowalchyk

Gayle Kowalchyk at Andy's Music, Mobile, AL

During her workshop, Gayle shared personal triumphs and challenges from her own teaching experiences, as well as valuable teaching tips and ideas that teachers can put into action immediately with their students.

Dr. Kowalchyk also covered repertoire selection and presented valuable motivational ideas for studio use. Other topics included: creative ideas for themed recitals, keys to understanding performance practices, selecting duets for students, and much more.

As Keyboard Editor for Supplementary Piano Publications (1988-present) for Alfred Publishing, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk selects and edits music for the supplementary piano catalog. She holds degrees from Ohio University (piano performance, 1977), Northwestern University (piano performance and pedagogy, 1979) and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University (piano pedagogy, 1989).

Gayle Kowalchyk at Andy's Music, Mobile, AL

Left to right, Michael McClelland, Kassy Wooley, President, MMTA, Gayle Kowalchyk

From 1981 until 1996 Dr. Kowalchyk and her husband taught students of all ages at their independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma. She now lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two children, where she works full-time on writing and editing projects for Alfred.

Michael McClelland was host and organizer for the clinic, and Sharon DeLaFuente was the culinary hostess