My name is Angie Chesley and I have been teaching piano and voice for the past 14 years, both at The Music Store and in my private home studio.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and love to watch them succeed. My philosophy is that music should be enjoyable as well as educational. I focus on the technical aspects of learning music, but I feel that it is very important that the student enjoy the music that they are creating.
My love of music and the arts began very early in my life as I watched my Father play the piano and sing professionally with various bands. When I was older I performed regularly with my Father in Nashville, TN near the Grand Old Opry at Shoney’s Inn and other venues. I grew up taking weekly piano lessons from my Grandmother who was a music teacher in demand, and dancing with the dance company where my Mother was a dance teacher.
In High School I performed with the top choirs and was one of the accompanists for the choirs. I attended BYU-Idaho where I was a music major and accompanied singers as well as sang in the choirs. I have also been in many Broadway productions as a soloist, in the chorus, and in the dance team.
I have been singing professionally with the band “The Swingtips” for many years and have sung on many of their CD’s. I am also a veteran in the recording studio and have done many professional recordings as a singer.
In recent years I have developed a love for jazz piano and have studied for the past 6 years with Steve Culp who is a professional jazz pianist and is a member of the band “Turning Point”, and with Barb Catlin who is also a professional jazz pianist and is the head of the Jazz Department as Mesa Community College. I have had the opportunity to perform professionally with the MCC jazz combo at the Tempe Arts Festival and look forward to many more performing opportunities.
I am currently finishing my music education degree with Ottawa University and plan to continue with my masters.
I am the mother of 2 wonderful boys ages 12 and 5 and love to share my love of the arts with my boys.