Richard Seil has a wide background in private and collegiate that extends over 20 years. His teachers include such world-famous pedagogues as Menahem Pressler (IU), James Tocco (CCM), Karen Shaw (IU) and Richard Fields (CCM) and Robert Mayerovitch (BW) (see accomplishments). Furthermore, Dr. Seil’s Suzuki certification through Book 5 of the Suzuki Piano Curriculum (studied locally with Rita Hauck) has provided him with a wealth of skills to positively influence developing musical minds of all ages. Professionally, his most recent collegiate position was as a sabbatical replacement for his former teacher, Robert Mayerovitch at BW in Berea, Ohio. Locally, Mr. Rich has taught at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Slater Music Academy continuously for the past 15 years. He has also taught at the Toedtmann School of Music and his first private teaching position in Cincinnati was at the Cincinnati Music Academy. He is very excited to continue teaching in Fort Thomas at the Tallant Music Studio.
His teaching philosophy, whether teaching a beginner or a budding professional, or an adult beginner or, finally, an adult returning to the piano, can be summed up in one word: adaptive. It is paramount that a teacher be able to adapt to the learning style of any student while, at the same time, keeping a goal in mind. This is probably why he has had success teaching “traditional” students, Suzuki students, collegiate students, adult beginners, and children as young as 3 years old-although 3.5 years is more the norm for early beginners.
Mr. Rich’s students are all given the opportunity to participate in the Junior Music Festival, which is a local festival that gives students the opportunity to earn points towards rewards and, with persistent excellence, an opportunity to pursue scholarship opportunities. Additionally, his students are all given numerous performance opportunities in recitals throughout the year. Mr. Rich has also judged in national and local festivals and competitions throughout the region. He has also performed in solo recitals, as a collaborative artist, and as a soloist with orchestra in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.
Mr. Rich is a member of the Suzuki Association of America as well as the Music Teachers National Association and the Ohio Music Teachers Association. He has also been a member of the Michigan and Kentucky Music Teachers Assiociations, and has been listed in Who’s Who of America.
When he is not teaching or performing, Mr. Rich enjoys attending concerts, jogging, watching football, pampering his pets, rescuing animals and, of course, spending time with his fiancée in Northern Kentucky.
- Visiting Professor of Music at various institutions, most recently at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.
- Soloist with several regional orchestras.
- Regional guest lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at BW, IU and Western Reserve Academy.
- Former Vice-President of Mu-Phi Epsilon (BW Chapter).
- DMA (ABD) in Piano Performance (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music).
- MM in Piano Performance (Indiana University).
- BM in Piano Performance (Baldwin-Wallace University).