My name is Charles Lumpkins and I have over 20 years of experience teaching piano privately to students of all ages and skill levels. Approaching each student as an individual, I try to work with his or her musical interests and current level of ability. I have taught classical, jazz, and various other styles.
I also have performance experience, both as a soloist (classical music recitals and pop/jazz/rock/folk music in small venues), and a member of a band (swing jazz ensemble, funk and soul band, and an acoustic rock duo). Other relevant teaching experiences are 4 semesters of small group piano instruction in a middle school (CLC Charter School in State College PA), and 2 semesters of small group piano instruction at an elementary school (State College Area Friends School).
Piano lessons are taught on a, Kawai VPC-1, a keyboard with a grand piano action, using professional piano sound libraries from Pianoteq, and East West Sounds. Also Students have access to a Roland RD7000 and an acustic Steinway Upright (under repairs).
My piano instruction is augmented with the use of various other instruments including a Roland TD-11 electronic drum kit, Roland Octapad, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, and various world instruments.
Students interested in songwriting, composing and music technology can take advantage of my audio production equipment including Reaper, Sonar X3, and Garage Band Digital Audio Workstations, Sibelius and Musescore notation software, and hundreds of professional virtual instruments from East West Sounds, ROLI. All of these are running through audio interfaces from Rolland and Zoom on a custom made ADK desktop audio PC and/or an M1 MacBook Air.
Current COVID-19 Protocols
1.) COVID vaccination status. Students must be either a.) fully vaccinated or b.) had a confirmed case of COVID in the last 90 days.
2.) Hand Washing. Students are to wash their hands before playing instruments in the studio.
3.) Masks. Students are required to wear either a KF94 or KN95 (or similar) or double mask if using cloth.
4.) Exposure. If student has had a confirmed exposure to COVID, please contact me and we will discuss how to proceed.
5.) Illness. If feeling under the weather (and this includes other illnesses besides COVID as well), please consider an online lesson or simply cancel. As a person who has gotten sick a lot over my life and now as a father of little ones with developing immune systems, I hate to penalize anyone on account of illness and will happily credit lesson payments towards the following month. :-)