Our Teachers

Our piano teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to every lesson. We teach from a variety of methods and composers, and tailor all of our instruction to the individual needs of each student.

Student Instructors

Caleb Hoverson

Caleb has been playing piano for thirteen years, and has participated a variety of events, including Music Festivals with the National Federation of Music Clubs, where he was awarded a Superior rating at every performance for nine consecutive years. He also plays at private concerts, and leads worship with his local church. A native of North Dakota, Caleb moved to Virginia in 2018 to study at Patrick Henry College, where he is involved in the music department and college Chorale. Caleb is excited to see other students learn and grow in their musical abilities and talents, and begin to share this gift with family and friends. When he isn't sitting at the piano keys, he enjoys writing, tutoring Math and English, singing, and great conversation.

Kyle Snyder

Kyle played piano for 8 years during middle and high school in New York before attending Patrick Henry College in Virginia. He first became interested in playing the piano after he heard a friend of his play at a talent show. Kyle also enjoys playing sports! He swam competitively and played soccer throughout his college career. He is a natural teacher who enjoys being able to help kids of all ages learn to love playing sports and is looking forward to the opportunity to teach them to love the piano as well. He believes that every student, no matter their level of experience, can learn to play pieces that are both challenging and enjoyable at the same time.

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Master Instructors

Bryan Leines

Bryan has been playing piano since he was 7 years old, and has taught dozens of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students from ages 4 to 60. A native of Dallas, Texas, he moved to Virginia in 2014 to attend Patrick Henry College (PHC). Before coming to PHC, Bryan was very involved with several music groups in Texas, including the Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Opera. Vocal and instrumental performance venues included the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, and numerous churches in the metroplex. While at PHC, he played for the college Chorale, Orchestra, Chapel, Lessons in Carols, and many other campus programs. He graduated in May 2017, and continues to teach lessons in the NoVA area. Bryan enjoys playing by ear in worship bands at church and school in his free time, and loves to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists whenever opportunities arise. 

bryan@noteworthypiano.org

Yapei Zhang

Yapei began playing piano at the age of five and passed level 8 of the Chinese national piano examination at the age of 15.  She moved to Virginia in 2006, where she graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelors in music. During college, Yapei continued taking private piano lessons and enjoyed learning both conducting and songwriting along the way. She has learned a great amount of classical music, and also enjoys picking up popular repertoire to expand her abilities. Yapei wants to share her knowledge and passion of music with students and show that through quality practice time and concerted effort music can be very rewarding.

Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer discovered her passion for music when she began taking piano lessons at age five, and has since been developing her abilities over the past 18 years. She is a recent graduate of Shepherd University where she earned a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.A. in Psychology. She has performed with numerous choral, orchestral, and jazz ensembles, and continues to travel around the Shenandoah Valley region as an accompanist, solo performer, and jazz pianist. Jennifer has been teaching piano over the past six years in different locations around Loudoun County and West Virginia, teaching a variety of genres, such as classical, jazz and blues, and pop music. Guiding her students to experience the joy of music is Jennifer's first priority in teaching, and she works hard to help her students discover and fulfill their own musical goals and passions.

Mark Newbold

Mark is a native of Denver Colorado and studied music composition and piano at West Virginia University, graduating with a B.A. in Piano Performance.  Mark also studied choral music and was the pianist and a performing bass/baritone with the famed WVU Camerata Singers.  He was a performing member of the Washington Oratorio chorus and Maryland University chorus, singing in several performances with the Washington National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and DAR Constitution Hall, including performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Oratorio “Israel in Egypt”, and Wagner’s Opera, Aida. Now happily retired from a long career in the airline industry, he currently is the pianist, music director and arranger for an active 7 member chamber music group here in Purcellville VA. 

Erica Peterson

Erica, from Mesa, Arizona, has played piano for 16 years and has an abiding love of music, especially classical piano and jazz. She graduated in 2019 from Brigham Young University with a B.M. in Music Composition. At BYU, she also sang in BYU Women’s Chorus and Jazz Voices and had many original pieces and arrangements performed by BYU performing arts groups and other students. As part of her music education at BYU, she studied piano and music history for a term in Vienna, Austria. One of her favorite things to do is play by ear and arrange and improvise hymns, jazz standards, and other styles on the spot. She looks forward to sharing the joy of music with her students. When she’s not playing piano, you can find her playing the ukulele, reading, painting, or writing.

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A note about safety:

The safety of our students and their families is a top priority. Every teacher in Noteworthy must pass a thorough background check before their employment begins. In addition, they must also undergo regular background investigations throughout their time with the studio.

If a problem or concern ever arises with a teacher, please contact Bryan at bryan@noteworthypiano.org immediately so that action can be taken. You will remain anonymous to any individuals in question and every issue will be considered with care for our students and their families as our top priority.

There has never been an issue with the conduct of Noteworthy Piano Studio's teachers, and we have no doubt this trend will continue.