Good musicianship, bad technique -
This is how I described myself as a pianist for a long time. I had the heart for music, but my heart had a tough time getting through to the rest of me. I was head-smart and body-confused. Have you ever had this experience? Now I connect head, heart, and body into a whole performer and teacher.
You can, too.
I’m Kay S. Hooper, and I teach students of all ages and stages who want to experience playing the piano with freedom. I reach out to teachers and performers who are tired of struggling with labels like “bad technique.” They secretly don’t trust themselves, and they want a way out of the maze of limitations.
If this is YOU, I can:
Give you the tools to restore your confidence.
Help you link movement choices to musical outcomes.
Remind you that even small changes can have a big impact.
Use empathy and humor to guide you on your way.
As Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, and an ATI Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, I offer life-changing presentations at state, national, and international conferences. I guest teach at colleges and universities. Steinway & Sons awarded me the 2018 and 2020 Top Teacher Award. Both of my books, Sensory Tune-ups and Piano Moves, have reached international audiences.
When I’m not out rescuing musicians, I:
Enjoy my husband's cooking
Collect giraffes (not live ones)
Watch old movies
Crochet and stitch embroidery
Visit my daughter and son-in-law in the Land of Enchantment
Walk my Jack Russell/Maltese mix
Moan and groan through mat Pilates
"I just want to sincerely thank you for all you have done for me so far. You have gone way beyond the extra mile for me with your helpful emails, texts, etc. I think it is an amazing blessing and opportunity to have someone with your skillset so close to home."
-Jeremy Hummel, professional drummer and instructor