Master Works Studios

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Piano Lessons for All Ages and Abilities

At Master Works Studios, students will receive careful teaching and support from Artist-Faculty at the top of their profession.  We believe music study will enrich students lives through appreciation of music, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.

Student ExperienceM & H

  • Personalized curriculum
  • Advanced techniques & training methods
  • Encouraging environment
  • Private, 2 piano studio
  • Recital Performances at Master Works Theatre

Our Teachers

Dr Cobb Profile Photo NEWDr. John Cobb – Winner of several piano competitions, Dr. Cobb has played solo and chamber concerts extensively in the U.S. and Europe . His concerts have been praised by the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, among other major media. He has earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University. Dr. Cobb has taught at the Chicago City College, the University of Chicago, the State University of New York and at Montreat College in North Carolina. A protégé of the great pianist Claudio Arrau, he has conducted master classes and seminars around the country, is in high demand as a performer, and teaches privately. He currently has a few openings for new beginner to professional level students.

Dr. Deborah Belcher 4Dr. Deborah Belcher –  has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative pianist and served as adjudicator throughout the Eastern U.S. and in Canada, playing the standard repertoire as well as works by American women composers, music employing avant garde use of the piano, and tangos by various composers (often with dancers accompanying her onstage!). Her performances have been heard in public radio broadcasts, and her playing has been praised in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Grand Rapids Press among other media. Her teachers include Eugene List and Robert Goldsand, and she has studied chamber music with Josef Gingold, Raya Garbusova, and The Juilliard Quartet. She performs frequently and maintains an active teaching schedule.

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Karen Sams -received her Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance: Ensemble Arts, from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Robert McDonald (collaborative pianist with Midori and Isaac Stern) and Samuel Sanders (chamber partner of Itzhak Perlman). She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Cognitive Psychology (BA) and Piano Performance (BM) from Oberlin College and Conservatory.  Before returning to Asheville in 2006, Ms. Sams taught at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, MD for 12 years. She was on the faculty of the Arts for Talented Youth Program at the Preparatory, taught piano, sight-reading, and coached chamber music at both Peabody Preparatory and The John Hopkins University. She has performed extensively as a chamber musician and an accompanist with singers, winds, brass and strings. She most enjoys playing the string/piano chamber repertoire and working with young musicians as a chamber coach, sharing that joy and repertoire with others.

MJS BIO PHOTOMichael Jefry Stevens – received his Masters of Arts degree in Jazz performance and composition from Queens College (CUNY) and was a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop (1995-1998). He was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow at “The MacDowell Colony” in the summer of 2000, received 2nd prize in the prestigious Monaco International Jazz Composition in 1998, and was a composer fellow at the Centrum Arts Colony in Port Townsend, WA in June 2005. In 2009 Mr. Stevens was named a “Steinway” Performing Artist (the first ever for the City of Memphis). Mr. Stevens has taught at Rhodes College in Memphis, Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, was Keyboard instructor at the National Guitar Summer Workshop for 10 years (1990 – 2000) and is currently artist-in-residence every summer at the jazz workshop at Educacion Musicale in La Plata, Argentina. He has been on the performing artist roster of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 1998. He is a member of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz), ISIM (International Society of Improvised Music), JEN (Jazz Educators Network) and GEMA (German performing arts society).  To date Michael has released over 80 cds and composed over 350 works for various ensembles, including big band, string quartet, music for voice, music for solo instruments and various small group compositions. He continues to tour and perform internationally in Europe, Latin America and North America. Recent master classes include teaching residencies in Mexico, Finland (Sibelius Academy), Germany and USA (University of Michigan).