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Piano at Fay

The Fay School Piano Studio offers private piano lessons after school to students in Primary II through Fifth Grade. The program covers a wide variety of musical aspects, such as music reading, basic piano technique, musicianship, and performance. Piano encourages creativity, boosts self-esteem, develops fine motor skills, rhythm, and hand-eye coordination.  It also improves concentration, discipline, focus, patience, as well as counting and math skills. Registration occurs with the piano teachers. Students must have a piano (acoustic or digital) so they can practice at home. Lessons are offered once a week, and the cost is $55/30-min lesson. To inquire about lesson availability, email pianoatfay@gmail.com.

Meet our Piano Instructors


Dr. Karina Praxedes Barnett

Dr. Karina Praxedes Barnett, a native of Natal, Brazil, has been a piano instructor at The Fay School since 2005. She loves teaching the little ones the fun of reading music at the piano. Her teaching approach emphasizes sight-reading skills, basic piano technique, and recital preparation. Dr. Barnett holds a position at Westbury United Methodist Church as Music Associate. Her past experiences include positions as piano faculty at UFRN in Brazil and as staff accompanist at University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. In 2003, she participated in an exchange program sponsored by Rotary International in which she did a series of five recitals throughout England, which originated her album entitled Ciclo Brasileiro. Dr. Barnett earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UFPB, a Master of Arts from UNICAMP, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance/Collaborative Arts from the University of Houston, where she was a student of Timothy Hester.

Dr. Beatriz Pimentel Montoya

Dr. Beatriz Pimentel Montoya was born in Brasília, Brazil, where she received her early musical education. She obtained a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Brasília, a Master of Music from the University of Wyoming, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Collaborative Arts from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she was a student of Nancy Weems and Timothy Hester. Dr. Montoya is the recipient of various awards in national and international piano competitions, and has performed extensively as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and professional accompanist. Dr. Montoya has held a private piano studio at The Fay School since 2001, where she has helped develop an after-school piano program focused on music reading, technique, and performance skills. Her main goal is to instill the love of music in young children through a fun yet disciplined private lesson program, and to offer this opportunity to children of all levels and abilities.