Rookwood Piano Studio

Rookwood Piano Studio

Cincinnati, OH

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The Rookwood Piano Studio is a full-service studio that offers a well-rounded approach to learning piano. Students learn repertoire in a variety of styles, build a solid technique, gain sight-reading and ear-training skills, while learning the fundamentals of music theory. In addition to weekly lessons, students perform in studio masterclasses in preparation for recitals and competitions, and may enroll in The Music Development Program (formerly The Carnegie Achievement Program). Dr. Jessica L. Madsen teaches children of all ages and adults, teaches all levels beginner through advanced, including students preparing College or Graduate School auditions. Lessons and masterclasses are held at the piano studio in Norwood, and studio recitals and a limited number of lessons are held at the Church of the Saviour in Montgomery. Monthly tuition is based on a 34-week academic year, September thru June, and includes 4-5 piano masterclasses and 2 recitals. Discounts are applied to quarterly tuition payments.
$110/month 30-min lesson
$160/month 45-min lesson
$215/month 60-min lesson

Studio brochures are provided upon request. Feel free to contact Dr. Madsen to schedule a trial lesson today!


Cincinnati, OH 45212

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  • 5/5 stars July 2, 2014

    Two years ago we were looking for a piano teacher for our nine-year-old son in Cincinnati. The College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, where I was doing my PhD, recommended Dr. Jessica Madsen. A year or so later, she started teaching our 4-year-old daughter Lara, too.
    I can frankly say that Jessica has been one of the best things that ever happened to us in this city. Our son Ian is into computer and video games, plays sports, has a relatively short attention span and is not known for his discipline and follow-through. I thought that piano would be just a transitory pastime for him. However, we have been impressed by the passion he has developed for the instrument and classical music in general. Without much reminding, he will sit at the piano and play not only his homework but also any piece he has heard and liked. Playing from memory and improvising are now part of his daily practice.
    Dr. Madsen is, in my opinion, an outstanding musical pedagogue. Her students adore her, and her house is always full of pupils, parents, and siblings. Over the past couple of years, I got to know her socially as well. She is worldly, well-read, open-minded and good-humored. I have attended quite of few of her concerts, many of which were fundraisers for noble causes. Thus I met a lot of interesting people among her audience, and her inner circle of colleagues and friends. From a parentís perspective, Jessica is patient, but persistent, and possesses the rare talent of bringing the best out of her students. She really succeeded in motivating our kids and helping them stay focused.
    Most of all, Dr. Madsen opened a whole new world of competing, winning and achieving to them. Ian did very well at the Royal Conservatory of Music exam, won a gold medal at the Ohio Music Teachers Association (MTA) Auditions Festival at CCM, and a second place and a Complete Concerto Award at the 2014 Tri-State Piano Concerto Competition (TSPCC), which qualified him to play with a professional string quartet at the Winners Concert and Awards Ceremony. It is worth noting that Jessicaís students occupied the top places at the TSPCC.
    We are moving to England this summer and, during our look-and-see trip, Ian had the opportunity to show off his piano skills at four independent (private) schools, where he received a tremendous ovation from the pupils and earned high praise from the music teachers. Jessica graciously offered her help in finding a piano teacher for our children in London through her professional network.
    In sum, I would recommend Dr. Madsen wholeheartedly and without any reservation.

  • 5/5 stars May 5, 2014

    My son has studied with Jessica for six years. Despite the fact that he had studied under various other teachers, we "didn't know what he didn't know" until we came to Jessica . She offered a structured but flexible program which has allowed my son to thrive. She is a consummate professional, challenging her students and offering them special opportunities to perform and compete if they desire. I would highly recommend Jessica for students of all ages.

  • 5/5 stars April 10, 2014

    Very knowledgeable, better teacher

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2014

    Good communication, considerate set-up lesson hours. Background and professional attitude, and the way of teaching for different level of students are impressive. Would recommend with thumbs up.

  • 5/5 stars September 23, 2012

    I am an adult student of Jessica for 17 years. She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of music and piano performance, but more importantly to me, she makes it really fun. She has taught me that I don't have to play perfectly to enhance my life with piano!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I teach all age groups. Serious students are encouraged to enroll in The Carnegie Achievement Program (TAP) performance assessment syllabus. 4 Masterclasses and 2 recitals are scheduled within the 10-month academic year. Additional Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) events as well as other competitions are encouraged. Summer lessons are scheduled individually. I specialize in preparing students for college and graduate school auditions. Busy adults may enroll in lessons in alternate weeks. Studio hosts biennial Piano Concerto Competition whose winners perform with string quartet. Students must own an instrument on which to practice daily.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Students may enroll in a trial lesson to see if we are a good fit!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. As in many fields, customers should know the educational background and the extent of both performance and teaching experience of their piano instructor. Most reputable teachers will offer students trial lessons before making a final decision and will provide a brochure upon request. Studios vary in services offered, from bare lessons to extensive recital and competition opportunities. Do you want traditional lessons or Suzuki? Does your teacher accept all ages? These are all considerations when choosing the appropriate teacher for you or your child. If you are not sure, an experienced teacher can help you make an informed decision based on your personal situation so that everyone involved has a wonderfully musical experience!

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. I expect students to own an instrument, and am happy to assist in this decision should clients need some advice from an objective professional. (You may not need a Steinway, but you may not want an electronic keyboard, either...)

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My students display repeated success in local events and show a continued love of music long after graduation and pursuit of other career paths. My students who have decided to pursue music as a career have consistently exhibited excellent preparation for auditions and have been accepted to quality music schools and conservatories throughout the country, resulting in successful and satisfying careers in music.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Seeing the joy on a young person's face the first time he or she plays on a recital and hears applause for a job well done!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. In 2012 and 2013, I directed the 88 Tri-State Piano Concerto Competition hosted by the Northern Kentucky School of Music. This competition will be held biennially with the next competition in 2015. Winners in 5 divisions, Primary thru Senior, perform required concertos with the NKYSM Youth Sinfonia. See our website for the competition guidelines:

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I have the terminal degree in my field, the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, from CCM, and a Master of Music degree from the Kansas City (Missouri) Conservatory. I am an active performer and chamber musician, and am on the piano faculty at Miami University in Oxford, OH. I was the Coordinator of the Piano Department at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, 2006-2013, and have been teaching piano since 1984. A new music specialist, I lecture on modern piano literature and technique as well as women in music, and am always on the lookout for a brand new masterpiece to premiere!

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Monthly tuition for the 10-month academic year, September through June, is as follows. Tuition includes weekly lessons, 4-5 masterclasses, and two recitals.
30 minute lesson (elementary), $110/month
45-minute lesson (intermediate), $160/month
60-minute lesson (advanced), $215/month
Summer lessons are calculated at the hourly rate of $60.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. My extensive performance experience. It is very natural to teach others advanced technical, memorization, practice, and performance skills when I apply the same skills to my own concert preparation on a daily basis. Students will work to their full potential and surprise themselves when the bar is set high.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Should you become a professional musician? Only if you cannot imagine doing anything else and have the dedication to back up the talent. Life's too short to hate your job!

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