Piano Plus

Welcome to Piano Plus!

Betty Chester is an accomplished pianist and teacher. Betty is available to play the piano, keyboard and/or organ for weddings, receptions, parties, funerals and other events. Music tailored to your requests. She has played for hundreds of weddings and for other events such as Oktoberfests, the Sons of Norway Julefest, Christmas caroling, birthday greetings and Sing-A-Longs. She can even bring along the accordion if you want some polkas!

Lessons are available in Brandon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Lessons are available in Temple Terrace on Wednesdays on Druid Hills Road.

More information about her, and Piano Plus, can be found on the About page. She is located in the

Tampa Bay area, specifically in Brandon and Seffner, Florida area

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Student Awards

2013 Student Day Results: The Florida State Music Teachers Association's annual Student Day judging was held April 20th at Florida College. One student of Betty Chester participated at St. Petersburg College on May 4th. Her ten students all received "Honors" in performances of their Repertoire which included two or three memorized pieces. 90% of them earned Honors in either the Written or Aural Theory Tests. 90% of them were awarded the State Honors Medal for Honors in their Repertoire, Keyboard Skills and passing the Written and Aural Theory Tests. They are already eager to ace the next level of Student Day!

2013 National Federation of Student Musicians: Auditions were held at the University of Tampa on May 24th and May 25th. The judge was Pej Reitz, on the faculty at Binghamton University and Ithaca College School of Music. All six of Betty Chester's student performers entered on the National Level, having learned seven pieces by memory and three Musicianship Phases. All of them placed in the "CityWide Cirle Rating" and one even placed in the "Top-Talent Circle Rating!" Congratulations to all for their excellent preparation and performances! Richard Scionti, Jr.'s composition, "Richard's Rhumba" won third place in the Hillsborough County "Reflections" sponsored by PTA.

Four students were listed in the Piano Guild Notes Winter 2009 Edition, a national magazine for their years of participation in the National Guild Auditions. Five Year National Winners are Jillian Rawlins, Samantha Rentz and Kyle Edgar. The Six Year National Winner is Mercedes Rodriguez. Congratulations for your high marks on preparing a program of ten pieces and "Musicianship Phases" for all those years!

2012 Guild Results: High School Senior Mercedes Rodriguez earned the "High School Diploma in Social Music" and the "Paderewski Gold Medal" as a Ten-Year National Winner. Her program consisted of pieces by Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Koelling, Mozart, Joplin and Gerswhin along with three Musicianship Phases of Ear Training, Transposition and Chords/Cadences. Mercedes was included in the Piano Guild Notes magazine. Meghana and Karishma Chapalamadugu also earned very high marks for their National 10 piece programs. All three students earned Gold Pins and a Certificate with their report card.

Participants in the All Star Festival of the Mid-State Music Teachers Association on February 23, 2013 included the following students of Co-Chairman, Betty Chester: Gabriel Taylor, Caleb Hancock, Sucheta Roy, Sukriti Roy, Karishma Chapalamadugu, Archita Peyyeti, Archismaan Peyyeti and Shashank Mahesh. They performed for a judge at Florida College and each earned a trophy.


 
Student Quotes

"Now I know what to do in this piece, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to do it!" Stan's Disclaimer (Adult Student)



Reviews

"I've been with her for a while now, and have learned so much, including tons of theory. It also helped me be able to play the violin too! :)"
-Steph E.

I have been taking lessons for over 2 years, and she is an excellent piano teacher. I woud highly recommend her for all ages. It has been a very enjoyable experience and I have learned a lot.
-Karen M.

Starting piano lessons as an older adult is much more difficult than when you are young and kind of scary. But I was at ease with Betty immediately. She is a wonderful person and I can't even imagine a better teacher. She is such a talented pianist herself & a very patient teacher. I also loved how she talked about music history & the great classical artists. It is easy to see how much she loves what she does. She really cares about her students and will go the extra mile to help them learn. I had to move out of state or I would still be her student. She's the best!
-Kathy B

My daughter started her first piano lessons three months ago with Betty. She loves going to her lessons. Betty is a fantastic teacher. She is great with all the students that I have seen. She is patient and encouraging and finds ways to make lessons fun while emphasizing basic skills and teaching the importance of practice. We highly recommend her!
-Angie F.

Betty is very both personable and professional. She has a good rapport with our son. She does not settle for less than almost perfect! She is very encouraging and motivating.
-Hershel and Cindy H.

Betty has been giving piano lessons to my two teen-aged daughters for almost over a year now. She is a great teacher who really knows how to get the kids motivated. Constantly keeps them focused and challenged. Prior to this we had a tough time to find the right teacher for our kids.
Surajit R.

As an adult student I was concerned about how a piano teacher would teach me - would it be no different than the school age children who are a much larger part of their student "pool"? Betty made it clear from the beginning that her approach is different for different students, and it was evident that her pedagogical skills play very heavily into her approach to teaching. As an educator myself, this is something that made it an easy choice when choosing my piano teacher. Add to this her experience and involvement in the local music community and there was no question what my choice would be. I have been with Betty for nearly three months at this point, and I am very pleased with her as a teacher as well as my progress under her tutelage. I would highly recommend her to anyone, especially adults, who are interested in piano lessons.
-Dan P.