Rebekah Carter's Piano Studio

Rebekah Carter, NCTM -- Nationally Certified Piano Instructor | Adjudicator | Workshops + Conferences | Accompanist

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Rebekah Carter, NCTM -- Nationally Certified Piano Instructor

New student openings during homeschool hours
Boise | Meridian | Kuna

*17 years teaching experience
*Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
*Bachelor of Music degree
*Former homeschooling parent
*Meet elective PLGs
*College credit hours


Thank you to all the students and families who attended the Piano Party in Ontario! I will miss all of you. Thank you for the years together learning piano! ๐ŸŽน โค๏ธ


Nationally Certified Piano Instructor

Now accepting new students
Boise | Meridian | Kuna

Home 02/08/2022


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Offering lessons in Boise and online
Workshops + Conferences + Adjudications

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What better way to celebrate the Holiday of Love than to get better at something you love to do!

Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2022
10:30-12:30 MST, Zoom
"Constructive Communication with Parents"

Online interactive presentation to the OMTA Rogue Valley District

Contact me if you would like the link to join this professional development session.


Parents: Check email for an important update about studio location and hours.


A little "funny" to start your weekend!
Reminder: Lessons resume for TVCC and Baroque Festival competitors next week.
Lessons resume for the rest of the studio the following week.

Happy practicing!


Cornish Music Department, Scores of Sound: Music from Studios and Cornerstone/Capstone Projects 12/10/2021

Cornish Music Department, Scores of Sound: Music from Studios and Cornerstone/Capstone Projects

I've begun writing a pedagogical series of modal pieces for intermediate piano students. If you'd like to hear the premiere of two of these pieces, they will be performed at 8pm MST:

Cornish Music Department, Scores of Sound: Music from Studios and Cornerstone/Capstone Projects STUDIOSStudent: Evelyn ThomTitle: Continuous ArteryComposer: Evelyn ThomDetails: Evelyn Thom, violin; Jon Butler, bass; Recorded by Joe Oakes in PONCHO Recit...


Idaho's first annual Baroque Festival, hosted by the Treasure Valley Music Teachers Association (TVMTA)!

This is the studio's first opportunity to participate in an in-person performance event since the pandemic. Students will be assigned Baroque repertoire this week!

Parents: check email for more info about this event



Enjoyed accompanying for a Christmas Cantata rehearsal in Boise today! ๐ŸŽถ


Congratulations to my students for their lovely holiday recital today! ๐ŸŽนโ˜ƒ๏ธ


Studio families! There has been some confusion. Please note, the recital is THIS Sunday, December 5th. (Not 12th!)


I am a MusicLink instructor. Wonderful students have come through my studio through the years because of MusicLink. It's been a joy to work with these students and see them blossom musically and personally. If you can, donate to this wonderful organization. All donations go toward assisting a student in their pursuit of musical opportunities.

MusicLink instructors are not reimbursed for their instruction time. Rather, donations go toward purchases of books, Festival fees, music camps, and instruments for these students.

How does MusicLink inspire you? Here is what one person said, "The first time I heard about MusicLink, I was instantly drawn to its inspiring vision. I have since been impressed by the sense of community and giving spirit among those involved. They are easy to work with and eager to help in any way possible.

As a college sophomore studying piano performance, I often wonder about what kind of impact I can have on the world with my education. MusicLink has given me a way to use my abilities in a productive and meaningful way."

This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting the MusicLink Foundation.

Photos from Rebekah Carter's Piano Studio's post 11/29/2021

Take a look at these street names! So many composers!

Maybe we should take a studio field trip to this Meridian subdivision. ๐Ÿ˜„

Why are pianists expected to memorize so much? 11/29/2021

Why are pianists expected to memorize so much?

I encourage my students to memorize, especially for competitions, masterclasses, and festivals where it is often required. During the process of memorization, a student realizes so much more about the piece by looking closer and practicing deeper.

But it's also important to learn lots of repertoire as a student. This is why students do not memorize for select events like our recent holiday festival or upcoming Christmas Recital.

Memorization is difficult, but helps students develop stronger memorization skills for school, too.

Why are pianists expected to memorize so much? Pianists utilise four types of memory when learning music. We look at each type, as well as why pianists are pressured to memorize in the first place!


I am honored to be the recipient of the 2021 Albert Nakata Memorial Study Grant, awarded by the Oregon Music Teachers Association.

This grant goes toward my continuing education in private instruction with Dr. Thomas Otten and Bachelor of Music studies at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA.

Thank you to OMTA, Margaret Littlehales, and Susan Todd!


The piano studio is relocating! Piano students take the month of June off from lessons while the studio relocates to Boise.


Sometimes it is good to pause and celebrate students' achievements outside the studio, too. Congratulations to my students who attend TVCA! Wonderful fine arts evening to be proud of! I enjoyed hearing your music, listening to your poetry recitations, and viewing your artwork!


Just finished a weekend of adjudicating for Syllabus. Concluded the day with my student's Senior Piano Recital. Congratulations, Heidi! ๐ŸŽน โš˜


๐Ÿ˜‚ This looks exactly like my Advanced Chromatic Harmony homework this semester!


Many of you know I have been continuing my studies in piano performance with Dr. Peter Mack, NCTM, at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington. My culminating recital for this semester is THIS Saturday, May 1st, 7:00pm MST, on Zoom. You are all invited to "attend". Please contact me privately for the Zoom link, as I do not wish to share it publicly. (Students have received the link via email.)


Marianne Martinez (1745-1812)
Sonata in E Major
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro

Sonata in A Major
I. Allegro
II. Rondo: Adagio
III. Tempo di Minuetto

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade Op.23 No.1 in G Minor

Emma Lou Diemer (b.1927)
Toccata for Amanda (2012)


Congratulations to all the students who completed Syllabus this season! I am so proud of all of you, and your hard work and dedication to finish strong!

A very special Congratulations to Alayna Smith for completing Level X. I have taught Alayna many years, from about Level IV through X. This is an important and special achievement of hers today!



Timeline Photos 03/30/2021

A very big and well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS to Aaliyah for achieving a big milestone... her OMTA trophy!! Aaliyah has worked toward this goal for 3 years. I've had the pleasure of teaching her for 7 years! (Longer than I've known my own daughter! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐ŸŽต)

Timeline Photos 03/30/2021

Getting ready for Syllabus season! Polishing up those last few skills to review! Addelyn is building minor scales with flashcards, spelling the letters in each scale. What are YOU working on this week? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽต


Looking for something WONDERFUL to do this beautiful Sunday? Listen to my friend and colleague, Coco Bender, as she performs her full-length concert program online! Available only for 48 hours from the time of this post (and streaming LIVE now at 4pm). Visit to listen to the concert. Suggested donation: $20/ticket

Coco Bender is like your Piano "Aunt" in your music family tree... She studies under the same instructor I do!

Photos from Rebekah Carter's Piano Studio's post 03/26/2021

What does a piano teacher DO during Spring Break? ...Visit the Musical Instruments Museum, of course! Over 10,000 Instruments from EVERY country in the world (yes, really!)!

Included in these pictures is the first Steinway grand piano EVER made! Ask me during your lesson next week, and I'll show you MORE piano/keyboard pictures!

Happy Spring Break!

Timeline Photos 03/17/2021

Congratulations to Sarah on a fine end-of-term virtual vocal recital! And "Well done!" to my student, Alayna, on a fine accompaniment job!

Timeline Photos 03/07/2021

Adjudicating OMTA Syllabus for Hillsboro/Portland this weekend!

My favorite conversation, introducing myself to a student:

"I lived in Portland for 3 years, but now I live on the other side of the state, in Eastern Oregon, in a different time zone even."

Student: ".... So you live in East Portland?"


But truly, it is an honor to listen to the work of so many wonderful teachers and students from around the state!


Congratulations to my instructor, Dr. Peter Mack, on his election as MTNA President-Elect!
Congratulations to my fellow OMTA colleague (and the adjudicator of my students' Fall 2020 Syllabus exams) on her election as MTNA Vice-President!

Congratulations to our own Cindy Peterson-Peart who is the incoming Vice-president for MTNA, and Peter Mack (Washington/Oregon MTA member) who is the new President-elect for MTNA. The Northwest Division of MTNA will be well represented with these outstanding leaders.

Cindy and Peter, the membership of OMTA is proud of you, and we send best wishes for success in your new positions!


Congratulations to my students who performed in the OMTA Blue Mountain District Sonatina/Sonata recital today! (And it was so fun to see several students' new pianos!)
Patricia Sullivan
Aaliyah Gonzalez
Abby Swetland
Alayna Smith
Abby Pacheco
Charlotte Geary
Tennyson Geary
Addelyn Walker
Aaron Walker
Ocie Atagi
Alaina Givens


It's snowing!!

Reminder: If driving conditions are unsafe, please call to schedule your lesson online.


Good pic of piano posture!


The Treasure Valley has a certified piano technician in Ontario:
Michael Calahan, 458-224-9440

Welcome, Michael! I am glad to have a professional technician in our community. Give Michael a call for piano tuning.

Videos (show all)

Welcome to Online Lessons!
Carl Vine, Bagatelle--I
Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22, Allegro con brio
Rebekah Carter plays Scaramouche III. Brazileira
Rebekah Carter plays Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No.1



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