Rebecca Hass has run her own piano studio in the area since 2006, with 15 years of private lesson teaching experience in the Twin Cities and Ithaca, NY. Rebecca teaches students of all ages and abilities at MacPhail Center for Music and Chanson Voice and Music Academy, taking a student-centered approach that is fun and also motivating for students. She emphasizes creativity – a mix of reading music and improvisation, and teaches composition even to very young students. She loves teaching students of all ages, and belongs to a number of professional organizations: MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), MMTA (MN Music Teachers Association, SPPTA (St Paul Piano Teachers Association), and APPI (Association of Professional Piano Teachers).
Rebecca is also an active freelance accompanist and performer in the Twin Cities area, having accompanied at MacPhail Center for Music for the Suzuki string program and Prelude Singer-Actor Performance Lab program; for musical theater classes at St Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, for classical performers, and for numerous weddings, church services, and events.
Rebecca’s interests extend to many types of music, including classical, jazz, but her biggest passion is Brazilian music. She plays in the local percussion group Batucada do Norte, and is a founding member of the Modern Spark Trio, a piano trio with diverse repertoire.
Rebecca also appears on the recordings River Light by songwriter Andy Juhl, and For Now the Winter Has Passed by local composer Chris Granias, and enjoys composing and arranging for herself and her students, specializing in Brazilian music. You can listen to her original compositions and arrangements here.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano with a concentration in art history and anthropology from Ithaca College.